Petrie Ambulance Station earmarked for modern new look
Petrie will be one of six locations across Queensland to benefit from a $31 million investment in new and replacement ambulance stations under a re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government.
Labor will commit $5 million to upgrade the station giving local paramedics access to modern amenities as part of relocating the station.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Steven Miles said the $31 million investment will increase access to emergency health care and ensure our paramedics have world-class amenities, and will also boost local jobs and businesses by supporting 86 FTE construction jobs.
“This year has proven just how vital our health workers are, and along with our record ambulance budget and additional staff, this station replacement is proof of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to keeping Queenslanders healthy, no matter where they live,” Mr Miles said.
“This $5 million investment will mean North Brisbane residents will have greater access to emergency pre-hospital health care.
“It’s also part of Labor’s Economic Recovery Plan, which includes $889 million of new health infrastructure commitments as part of our $3.8 billion health infrastructure program over the next four years.
Labor Member for Kurwongbah Shane King said the Palaszczuk Government would invest $5 million to replace the current station with a new state-of-the-art facility.
“This upgrade and expansion is an important step in improving ambulance services in the area,” Mr King said.
“No one wants to ever need to call paramedics, but if they do, our local paramedics are committed to delivering the best care for people should they need it.
“The replacement station will further support future operational demand in the region.
“The project will also support 14 local construction jobs – directly contributing to our local economy and supporting other businesses and jobs as we recover from the impact of COVID-19.”
Labor Member for Pine Rivers Nikki Boyd said the entire north Brisbane region will benefit from the paramedic response once the relocated station is operational.
“Our Petrie officers proudly put on their uniform day in, day out for the community,” Ms Boyd said.
“They dedicate their lives to helping save the lives of their fellow Queenslanders.
“They deserve to come to work in a comfortable environment with modern amenities.”
The Deputy Premier said the $5 million was in addition to all the work already occurring in Metro North.
“Since 2015 we’ve hired 417 more doctors, 1,227 more nurses and midwives, 443 more health professionals and 105 more paramedics in Metro North,” Mr Miles said.
“We have rebuilt the health services and frontline staff after the LNP cut them.
“When the LNP were last in Government and Deb Frecklington was Assistant Treasurer, they sacked 1,432 staff from hospitals across the Metro North HHS, including 731 nurses.
“Queenslanders can’t risk an LNP Government.
“Only the Palaszczuk Government will continue to deliver world-class healthcare in Metro North.”